EA Sports PGA Tour Augusta Guide: How to claim The Masters


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Augusta National is one of golf's most iconic courses and The Masters is one of the game's most prestigious events, and they are both exclusive to EA Sports PGA Tour!

A devilishly difficult course, Augusta National puts every golfer's ability to the test across its 18 holes. It is no different in EA Sports PGA Tour with each hole offering a unique challenge, and each green posing a different threat.

If you are in search of a green jacket, then use our Augusta National guide to claim a famous Masters victory.

Augusta National

Augusta National, Augusta, Georgia, does not require you to be a particularly long-hitter. Instead, your precision and putting will be put to the test by plenty of hazards and undulating greens.

Players like Bryson DeChambeau may not be the ones to pick when playing this course, with strong approach players like Xander Schauffele looking to be a better option.

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MATCH 'EM UP - Compare your player to the course requirements

In EA Sports PGA Tour, you can check the characteristics of each course and how they match up to the ability of your golfer. An immaculate approach game is recommended for Augusta, so that is the key factor to consider.

Putting is a close second though, so make sure to ensure your player has a steady hand on the greens.

Hole 1

Hole 1, Tea Olive, looks like a fairly straightforward 445-yard Par 4, but watch out for a devilishly tricky green. You don't need to hit your Driver off the tee, and an easy Wood onto the fairway will allow you to go for the green in two.

The front right portion of the green all slides back towards you into the fairway, with the left side of the green sloping viciously down towards a rough area. The safe play is to hit the middle of the green and secure a two-putt par.

Hole 2

Hole 2, Pink Dogwood, is the first of four Par 5 holes. Measuring 575 yards, you will want to hit a Power Drive with your Driver off the tee, avoiding the fairway bunker on the right, and tree line to your left.

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BIRDIE TIME - Play the 2nd at Augusta aggressively

If the pin is in the back right, a safe approach to the middle of the green should see your ball roll toward the hole. You want to avoid the front of the green at all costs as your ball will not stay on the green. Hole 2 is a good birdie opportunity.

Hole 3

Hole 3, Flowering Peach, is a potentially driveable Par 4 measuring 350 yards, and with bunkers littered in the middle of the fairway, a 280+ yard drive is likely your safest option.

A good drive should leave a short approach, with a Spinner our preferred method of stopping the ball on the glass-like Augusta greens. The green slopes consistently from right to left, so it is best to favour the right side on approach.

Hole 4

Hole 4, Flowering Crab Apple, is the first Par 3 on the course, but measuring 240 yards it provides a stern test off the tee. Depending on the wind, you will likely want to hit a Drive with a 4 Iron to give yourself the best chance of a birdie.

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ALWAYS A CHANCE - The 4th is your first chance of a hole in one

The green slopes awkwardly to a low area at the front left, so anything beyond that and over the bunker should secure a par.

Hole 5

Hole 5, Magnolia, requires a tee shot up the right side of the fairway to avoid the fairway bunkers on this 495-yard Par 4 hole. This should leave you less than 180 yards out, meaning a Finesse with a 7 or 8 Iron should land you in birdie range.

A two-tiered green requires some good distance control to prevent a tricky putt, but the bunker over the back left should be easy enough to avoid.

Hole 6

Hole 6, Juniper, is a downhill 180-yard Par 3, with a huge bunker protecting the front of the green. The back right corner of the green sits above the rest, and a pin in this location requires accuracy and distance control, with Finesse our preferred method of approach.

A spinner is the best way to avoid the ridge if you miss the area you targeted, although you can't go too wrong with a Texas Wedge if you just miss the putting surface!

Hole 7

Hole 7, Pampas, is one of the narrowest holes on the course, so you may want to keep your Driver in the bag off the tee here. The 450-yard Par 4 is reachable in two with a Wood off the tee but beware of the bunkers that surround the green.

A wedge in should allow precision on the green, and you do not want to short with the bunkers very much in play. Sharp slopes split the green, but they can be used to your advantage when shaping the ball toward the pin.

Hole 8

Hole 8, Yellow Jasmine, is a 570-yard Par 5 with a tricky bunker on the right side of the fairway as you hit your tee shot. A Power Drive down the left will set you up to attack the green on your second shot, but a three-shot strategy with a long iron is a safer play if managing a score.

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GO LONG - Hit your power drive on Hole 8

A little Spinner as your third shot can get you close to the hole, leaving a short putt for a birdie. The green does slope in several directions, but the back left is certainly accessible.

Hole 9

Hole 9, Carolina Cherry, does not require a risky long drive off the tee as the fairway runs downhill, making this 460-yard Par 4 play a lot shorter. A tee shot out to the right half of the fairway should take the bunker out of play on your approach.

Your second shot toward the green is steeply uphill, and the green will bring your ball back to you if you leave it short! Use the higher tier as a back stop and nestle your ball in close for a birdie opportunity.

Hole 10

Hole 10, Camellia, is a long 495-yard Par 4, although it is another tee shot downhill. No need for a Power Drive here as you may run out of room on the right side of the fairway.

The 10th green is one of the most accessible on the course, with a slight right-to-left slope across the entirety of the surface. The bunker on the right should not be in play.

Hole 11

Hole 11, White Dogwood, is a testing 520-yard Par 4, with the threat of water to the left of the green! A Power Drive with the big stick is the play here, just make sure to avoid the trees on either side.

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LET LOOSE - Smash your tee shot down the fairway

If you have navigated the trees successfully, the green is fairly flat as far as Augusta goes, so go ahead and make your birdie.

Hole 12

Hole 12, Golden Bell, is arguably the most famous Par 3 in the world. Just 155 yards, water in front of a green that is desperate to push your ball in makes this a tough shot.

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ICONIC - Forget the water, this hole is stunning

The bunker in front also wreaks havoc with your tee shot, so best to play safe and look for a par, rather than going for glory and it ending in despair.

Hole 13

Hole 13, Azalea, provides a scoring opportunity on this 545-yard Par 5. A Power Drive may run out of room, and if you aren't comfortable hitting a draw, then play it safe with a Drive, even if it's with a Wood!

Your second shot will be over a small creek, so play it safe and aim for the middle of the green. An eagle putt should await, but a birdie here is the target.

Hole 14

Hole 14, Chinese Fir, is the only hole on the course that contains no bunkers. The fairway cambers left-to-right, so start your tee shot up the left side and watch it run on.

The front of the green is a steep slope, so anything short will roll back into the fairway. Set yourself up towards the back half of the green for the best chance of making a putt.

Hole 15

Hole 15, Firethorn, is traditionally the second easiest hole on the course. Measuring 550 yards, this Par 5 offers an easy three-shot strategy or an aggressive two-shot play. Use your Power Drive here and start it down the right side of the fairway.

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CRUNCH IT - Let the big dog eat here

A mid iron into the green can offer an eagle chance, just don't hit the water! The green itself is not too menacing, it's getting there that is the challenge.

Hole 16

Hole 16, Redbud, is a 170-yard Par 3 that is mostly over water. The bunker short right of the green should be forgotten about, but you don't want to flirt with the back left side!

Cambers on the green allow you to stop the ball fairly quickly, so use the ridge to bring the ball to any left-side pin positions.

Hole 17

Hole 17, Nandina, plays as a 440-yard Par 4. The tree-lined fairway is pretty narrow, so the extra yards gained from a Power Drive are not worth the added risk. Use a normal Drive here.

The green has few demons, so go ahead and make your putt for birdie following a 150-yard approach. Use Finesse with a 9 Iron to stop the ball quickly here.

Hole 18

Hole 18, Holly, is a 465-yard Par 4 that moves around to the right. A narrow fairway with trees waiting to catch your ball makes this shot rather intimidating. A Wood can be safe off the tee, but there is a risk of being blocked out on the second shot.

A short approach up the hill can leave a birdie chance, but the green slides back towards you, so anything missed short will be no good. The back half of the green also slopes back at you, so distance control is vital here, meaning the Finesse is our preferred method of attack.

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